Even in 1934 the Boston Bruins were a dastardly bunch. Of course, that’s not anything new. Every year they’re a dastardly bunch.
Why is that? Does it have something to do with the Babe Ruth curse, or trading Bobby Orr to Chicago? I think it’s something only schooled professionals might be able to figure out.
For example, in 1934, Bruins defenceman Eddie Shore clubbed Toronto’s Ace Bailey over the head. In fact, he clubbed him so hard, he ended Bailey’s career by fracturing his skull. But worse than that, he almost ended the poor guy’s life.
It was such a terrible situation that later that same year, a charity game between the Leafs and the league’s best players was held in Toronto to help the Bailey family, and $23,000 was raised.
And this was the beginning of the annual NHL all-star game.
When Shore did this to Bailey, my father was 14 years old, and he felt bad about what had happened. So he wrote a little get-well letter to Bailey while the player lay between life and death in a Toronto hospital.
A while later, a letter arrived for my dad, and it was from Bailey’s wife, thanking him for his kind thoughts.
And what happened to the letter?
It disappeared when he went into the army, never to be seen again, he explained. Must have got thrown out by his mother, he added.
Why do mothers throw out their kids’ good stuff, like hockey cards, baseball gloves, favourite t-shirts that might only have a few holes in it, and letters from Ace Bailey’s wife?
Mothers might not be as dastardly as the Bruin Bruins, but they throw out good stuff.